Jack's House - A brand new Home from Home
Homes from Home are a free place for families to stay when their child is going through cancer treatment. They are close to principal treatment centres, helping families avoid the extra financial burdens of travel, accommodation and food costs. They also allow young cancer patients to be close to their loved ones, keeping the family together at a difficult time.
The Home from Home in Manchester will have nine bedrooms and multiple communal spaces, as well as laundry and kitchen facilities, and will be located just a short distance away from The Christie for families of young people receiving their cancer treatment at the hospital.
After careful consideration, the name was chosen and it was a unanimous decision: the new Young Lives vs Cancer Home from Home, funded by Morrisons, will be called…‘Jack’s House’ after 12-year-old Jack Thompson.
Jack, from Gateshead, is a familiar face to Young Lives vs Cancer having raised over £100,000 for young cancer patients, just like him. Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just a baby, which has left him registered blind.
Over the past few years, much of Jack’s fundraising for young cancer patients has taken part in Morrisons stores and naming the Manchester Home from Home ‘Jack’s House’ is a way to commend his fantastic fundraising achievements.